The good ole’ boy network is alive and well in Oklahoma!
On Tuesday, Kevin Stitt continued his pledge to run Oklahoma like a business by appointing an affluent white man from the ruling establishment – former Oklahoman publisher Gary Pierson – to the OU Board of Regents.
Here are the details via NewsOK.com:
Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Tuesday that businessman Gary Pierson is his choice for the remaining open spot on the University of Oklahoma board of regents.
“Gary is an accomplished Oklahoma attorney and businessman and a proud OU alum who will bring his professional expertise to the table to support the university’s goals of academic excellence and student success,” Stitt said.
Pierson, 60, is president of The Oklahoma Publishing Company, which owned The Oklahoman newspaper until October when the newspaper was sold to Gatehouse Media. The Oklahoma Publishing Company is no longer affiliated with the newspaper.
Normally, I’d complain about something like this, but as the publisher of a small media outlet that routinely outperforms The Oklahoman in a wide variety of metrics, I’m all for it. Who knows? Maybe it means I’ll be named to The Oklahoma City Community College Board of Regents some day!
You would think an older conservative white man with a firm handshake from the Oklahoma ruling class would be a lock for this appointment, but apparently members of the senate are holding onto a grudge.